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Miner signs ordinance mandating hiring of Syracuse residents on $100K+ city contracts

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on Thursday signed the Syracuse Resident Employment Ordinance.

It mandates the hiring of city residents for at least 20 percent of a project’s workforce on City of Syracuse contracts worth more than $100,000, Miner’s office said in a news release issued Thursday.

The city’s department of neighborhood and business development will be responsible for overseeing business compliance with the new ordinance.

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Additionally, the law creates a resident employment-advisory committee to assist the department’s office of minority affairs in establishing recruitment protocols for employers.

Syracuse will monitor compliance with certified payroll data and a web-based tracking system, Miner’s office said.

“Understanding the only way we will end the pernicious poverty that permeates the City of Syracuse is to create opportunities putting men and women to work, enabling them to provide for their families, I am proud to sign this ordinance into law,” Miner said in the release.

Khalid Bey, a member of Syracuse Common Council, had sponsored the measure.

“This legislation is a move in the right direction in the effort to strengthen the financial health of our families and our city. It is an example of what can be done when the Council, the administration, business and constituents work together for the benefit of everyone,” Bey said in Miner’s release.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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